Renewing What? Unitarian Universalism & the F word (faith…)
By Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman
The opening words are Welcome Sweet Soul, by Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage.
Welcome sweet soul, to this place of renewal and hope.
Here we welcome your tender places and yearnings to be fully present.
Welcome sweet soul, to this place of meaning and belonging.
Here we welcome your questions and wonderings on the journey towards wholeness. Welcome sweet soul, to this place of compassion and heart.
Here we welcome you, all of you.
And we invite you in as you are, as we are.
Here we welcome you to renew your connection to the Spirit of Life.
Renew your relationship with the Sacred, the Interdependent web of all existence. Welcome sweet soul,
Come Let us worship together.
My Life Flows On in Endless Song
Words: Early Quaker song
Music: American Gospel tune
Performed by Eva Riebold, Marilyn Day, and Luna Hamburg
Words and Music by Loughty Amoa, Solomon Amarfio, Robert M Bailey, Roy Bedeau, Francis T Osei, Whendell K Richardson, and Mac Tontoh
Transcribed from Ysaye M Barnwell, arranged by Jeannie Gagne
Youtube video created by Paul Thompson, Music Director at UU Church of the Palouse, Moscow, ID
Paul Thompson – bass, vocals, programming, mixing, editing
Susan Thompson – vocals
Sam Welsh – keyboards
Composed by Duke Ellington
Performed by Eva Riebold and John Prescott
Used with Permission
Go Now in Light
Composed by Emily McKinney
Performed by Emily McKinney and Luna Hamburg
The closing words are A First Step Faith, by Rev. Scott Tayler. They are based on these words of Martin Luther King, Jr: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
Go with faith,
not the kind that is called to move mountains,
but the quieter sort
that calls us to take the first step
even when the whole staircase sits beyond our view.
And as we stride toward the unseen
may we notice that the way unfolds only as we risk walking it
and may we remember and trust
that none of these steps are ones we take alone.